Laurindo Almeida

Biography

Born: September 2, 1917; Miracatú, São Paulo, Brazil   Died: July 26, 1995; Van Nuys, CA  
This extraordinary Brazilian guitarist, composer, and arranger was introduced to music by his mother, a concert pianist who gave him his first lessons. Like his sister, however, he would eventually choose the guitar as his primary instrument. As a teenager, Almeida witnessed, and participated in, a great deal of civil unrest; the experience galvanized him and fueled a lifelong passion for the politics of his native country. At age 19, he became a Read more performer aboard the Brazilian ocean liner Cuyaba, which enabled him to travel to Europe, hear the legendary Django Reinhardt in Paris, and experience a great deal of foreign culture.

In Brazil, he formed a guitar duo named Cordas Quentes with Garoto, who he met at Radio Mayrink Veiga in Rio de Janeiro. In 1947, he went on tour with singer and actress Carmen Miranda's band. This led him to Hollywood, where he performed on film soundtracks and appeared in concerts with violinist Elizabeth Waldo; he also composed the first of his more than 800 scores for movies and television series. He was to win Oscars for his soundtracks to The Old Man and the Sea (1958) and The Magic Pear Tree (1970). He soon joined the innovative Stan Kenton Orchestra and became a featured soloist. After three years, he established permanent residence in Los Angeles and began an astonishingly prolific recording career that was to earn him ten Grammy awards.

Almeida's palette of stylistic and emotional expression was wide-ranging. His early '50s Brazilliance albums with Bud Shank helped establish the bossa nova style in the States several years before the craze hit. He also recorded and toured with the Modern Jazz Quartet and was equally at home with classical and modern concert music, such as Gnattali's Concerto de Copacabana and the Guitar Concerto of Villa-Lobos. Read less
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  • 1.
    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Recuerdos De La Alhambra: Solo Guitar Favourites
    Label: Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog: 74 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Anonymous,  José Viñas,  Laurindo Almeida  ... 
    Performer:  Agustín Maruri
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    Jubilation / Christopher Parkening, Jubilant Sykes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57591 Release Date: 03/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Domeniconi,  Abel Carlevaro,  Anonymous,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Jubilant Sykes
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    Cancion Y Danza - Bach, Sor, Mendelssohn, Etc / Bungarten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3051246 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Laurindo Almeida,  Antonio Ruiz-Pipó  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Bungarten
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    Artist Portrait - Sharon Isbin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61591 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tan Dun,  Christopher Rouse,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Susanne Mentzer,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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    Journey To The Amazon / Isbin, Winter, Thiago De Mello
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 19899 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaudenci Thiago de Mello,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gentil Montaña,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Paul Winter
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    Histoire Du Tango / Susan Hoeppner, Rachel Gauk
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81177 Release Date: 07/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vladimir Bobri,  Traditional,  Laurindo Almeida,  Celso Machado  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Hoeppner,  Rachel Gauk
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    Brazilian Portrait / Gerald Garcia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550226 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Celso Machado,  Roberto Baden-Powell,  Laurindo Almeida,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Garcia
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    Duets with Spanish Guitar / Almeida, Terri, Ruderman
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63256 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Francisco Mignone,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Laurindo Almeida,  Salli Terri,  Martin Ruderman
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